Our football match prediction:
Bobby Dodd Stadium will host Wednesday’s football match between Atlanta United and San Jose Earthquakes. Atlanta United proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Columbus Crew, but the 2017 MLS campaign has been a mixed bag for the Five Stripes. Tata Martino’s men sit in fifth position in the Eastern Conference, but they need to keep on winning if they are to book their place in the play-offs. Atlanta United are on a four-game winning run at home in the league and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of San Jose. The Earthquakes played their last away game on June 3 and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s clash. It has to be noted, though, that Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan is on international duty with USA, who are about to kick off their 2017 Gold Cup campaign.
Highlighted Player (Josef Martinez):
Josef Alexander Martinez Mencia started his senior career at Caracas, but he made no more than 36 league appearances for the Venezuelan outfit from 2010 to 2012. Martinez then moved to Europe and the 170-cm tall striker scored 4 goals in 34 appearances for the capital club. In the 2013/2014 season he played for fellow Swiss outfit Thun (on loan) and on June 7, 2014 he signed a contract with Serie A team Torino. In December, 2017 Josef Martinez scored his first ever goal in the Italian top flight in a 2-2 draw with Palermo. The Venezuela international currently plays (on loan) for Atlanta United in MLS and he made his debut for Gerardo Martino’s team against New York Red Bulls. Speaking of his international career, Martinez made his Venezuela debut against El Salvador, coming from the bench after 76 minutes. On November 10, 2016 he scored a hat-trick for La Vinotinto in a thrilling 5-0 victory over Bolivia and it has to be noted that he has four caps (two goals) for Venezuela U20 team.
Highlighted Team (San Jose Earthquakes):
San Jose Earthquakes are members of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Quakes have been participating in the league since 1996 and they won their first MLS Cup trophy in 2001. Back then San Jose outplayed star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game, but it has to be noted that they scored the winner in the extra time. Two years later the Quakes managed to repeat the success, with the team beating Chicago Fire in the 2003 MLS Cup final. Avaya Stadium is the home ground of San Jose Earthquakes and the capacity of the venue is 18.000. The construction of the stadium cost no less than $100 million and the venue was opened in March, 2015. The club’s home colours are blue and black, whilst the Quakes wear white and red shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. Chris Wondolowski is the club’s biggest star and he has been playing for San Jose Earthquakes since 2009. The USA ace has 121 league goals on his account ahead of the start of the 2017 season.